Lady Jessaline doesn't want to wed, and her refusal gains her nothing but beatings. A last, desperate plea at the
altar results in Llew, the Demon Lord
of Dunmore, coming to her rescue. He marries her on the spot but fails to assert his rights of marriage. Instead, he does everything to her body except take her maidenhead.
The men in Llew's family never marry. They take their pleasure where they find it, without any thought of love. Llew sees no reason to change, but Jess, one of the most beautiful women he's ever seen, has him wondering if he will soon change his mind. While he's pondering if he wants to stay married or send her away untouched, he discovers that life without Jess would leave a hole in his heart. (Samhain, Mar., 232 pp., $12.50)